These two articles was originally published on the Field Hockey Canada website.
Women's National Team to host Ireland in test series at Pan Am Games pitch in Toronto
Four-game series to be held from May 23-27 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Fields
The Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Team is set to host Ireland’s Women’s National Team in a four-game test series in Toronto, Ontario later this month. Games will be played on May 23rd, 24th, 26th, and 27th.
The test series allows the host Canadians to test out the field hockey venue for the 2015 Pan American Games.
Two new pitches at the University of Toronto will serve as the host field hockey venue during the Pan Am Games, which will be held from July 10th-26th in Toronto.
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Canada (ranked no. 20 in the world) and Ireland (no. 14) have become familiar foes over the last year of competition, most recently having met in the FIH World League Round 2 final match, where Ireland eked out a shootout win to take the tournament title.
With it’s top two finish, however, Canada moves onto the FIH World League Semi-Finals in Valencia, Spain (June 10th-21st) where the top three finishers are guaranteed a spot in the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Canada also has a second shot at securing Olympic qualification at the Pan Am Games, where the tournament winner earns a spot in Rio.
The Canadian women will arrive in Toronto on Sunday, May 17th and will train daily at the University of Toronto from Monday, May 18th until the first match on May 23rd.
As the site is in its final overlay stages, fans wishing to attend the matches must submit their names to a list for access to the field. The form can be found at: http://www.fieldhockey.ca/en/wnttoronto. The field will have standing room only.
Schedules, news, and results of the 2015 Women’s National Team series against Ireland can be found on the Field Hockey Canada website.
Women’s National Team roster named for Ireland series in Toronto
Four game test series begins May 23rd at new Pan Am Fields
The Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Team has named its roster for the upcoming four-game test series against the Irish Women’s National Team, which will be held in Toronto, Ontario from May 23rd-27th, 2015.
Twenty athletes will be travelling to the new Pan-Am/Para Pan-Am Fields at the University of Toronto, the site of field hockey for this summer’s Pan American Games.
Among those named to the team are a handful of athletes from Ontario including team captain Kate Gillis (Kingston, ON), sisters Brienne and Tegan Stairs (Kitchener, ON), and midfielder Amanda Woodcroft (Waterloo, ON).
Additionally, three athletes – Alex Thicke (Vancouver, BC), Woodcroft, and Kaelan Watson (Richmond, BC) – represented the University of Toronto Varsity Blues during their Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) careers.
In addition to being an opportunity to test out the Pan American Games venue, the team will be using the Ireland series as preparation to compete in the World League Semifinals – a 2016 Olympic qualifier – in Valencia, Spain from June 10th-21st.
Eighteen athletes will be named to the touring roster that will represent Canada in Spain. The top three of that tournament earn a spot to the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
The Toronto Series with Ireland consists of four matches to be played May 23rd and 24th (3:00pm), and May 26th and 27th (6:00pm). A team of Canadian officials consisting Denise Pelletier, Megan Robertson, Ozias D’Souza, Trevor Martin, and Wendy Stewart will be overseeing the tournament.
Schedules, news, and results can be found here.